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PLAYBOOK (ongoing)

Playbook is a collection of game-based strategies for making collaborative performance experiences with professionals, teachers, students, and community members, regardless of age or previous artistic experience.

Consisting of simple, playful activities that can be adapted to music, movement, theater,

and other artistic disciplines, Playbook is a kind of creative communication kit rooted in basic concepts of listening, interaction and response. These activities have been utilized in a variety of different contexts, including:

  • Residencies that culminate in a large-scale community performance

  • Commissioned pieces for professional and amateur ensembles alike

  • Creative skill-building tools for teachers and students of many ages and disciplines

As a result, Playbook doesn't exist as a single score or set of instructions, but a loose collection of ever-evolving ideas that are tailored to the situation/instrumentation at hand.

For more information about collaborating on a Playbook project, scheduling a workshop, residency, or receiving classroom lesson materials, please email me at



Past Playbook Workshops and Residencies:

  • Eighth Blackbird and students at the University of Richmond (2019)

  • K-12 teachers from Richmond County Public Schools and Partners in the Arts (2019)

  • San Francisco Girls Chorus - Pre-Chorus and Chorus School (2018)

  • Sam Houston State University - Percussion and Education Seminars (2018)

  • University of Washington - Performance Seminar (2018)

  • Stanford University - Languages About Music Seminar (2018)

  • Princeton University - Interdisciplinary Art Seminar​ (2017)

  • Stanford University - Improvisation Collective Seminar (2017)

  • Zion Lutheran School - K-8 music classes (2017)


Performances Pieces created with Playbook:

  • Kaleidoscope Playbook (Mixed Ensemble) (2020)

    • 3 continuous movements, 10 minutes

    • commissioned by Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

  • Playbook (Mixed Chorus) (2019)

    • 5 continuous movements, 10 minutes

    • commissioned by Volti for their Choral Arts Institute for Bay Area high schools

  • Playbook Choruses (Mixed Chorus) (2018)

    • 3 movements, 15 minutes

    • commissioned by Volti for their Choral Arts Lab

  • Playbook (Mixed Ensemble) (2018)

    • 5 continuous movements, about 8 minutes total

    • adapted for oboe, clarinet, violin, double bass, percussion)

    • commissioned by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players​​

  • Lab Book (Mixed Ensemble with Voice) (2017)

    • ​7 interchangeable movements, 30-40 minutes

    • originally for voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, two percussionists

    • commissioned for the 2017 Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab​​ as "LAB BOOK"

    • adapted for performance by:

      • Eighth Blackbird​

      • Sam Houston State University Percussion Ensemble

      • Beyond this Point, Nois, and Emmy Bean

  • Playbook (Percussion Quartet / Percussion Ensemble) (2015)

    • 9 continuous movements​, 30 minutes

    • commissioned by Third Coast Percussion​

    • adapted for performance by:

      • University of Washington Percussion Ensemble (with TCP)

      • Sam Houston State University Percussion Ensemble

      • College of Southern Idaho Percussion Ensemble

    • (several groups have expanded this collection into an evening-length recital by interspersing games from LAB BOOK​)​​

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